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- DescriptionIn the tradition of Taoist philosophers and Zen masters, Steve Hoeft tells the stories he learned from his Toyota Production System (TPS) master teachers. Sometimes enigmatic, sometimes funny, but always powerful and enlightening, these stories of continuous improvement and Lean implementation are organized around the Toyota House framework. After covering historical and foundational aspects of TPS, the stories go on to illustrate a wealth of essential topics encompassing the timeless, unchanging principles of Just-In-Time, Built in Quality, and Respect for People, and delves into specifics on many tools like kanban, Quick Changeover, and A3 Problem Solving. Winner of a 2011 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award More than entertainment, the telling of stories is a way that human wisdom is handed from one generation to the next. It is a gentle but memorable way to learn the lessons of failure without suffering the personal pain of misdirected efforts; a way to find the best path without having to personally experience hundreds of dead-end journeys. It is a way to gain understanding that goes deeper than definitions. When Steve writes about the TPS house, it is t just an abstraction. It is something he lives. He can vividly picture it in every operation...Steve's stories...bring the house to life. -Jeffrey K. Liker, Shingo Prize-winning author of The Toyota Way TPS is more than just a manufacturing blueprint and a set of business rules. It is a tradition, a learned and shared cultural legacy that imbues each ensuing generation with ethics and a sense of purpose that goes far beyond the punching of a clock and the filling of a ledger. It is far better taught by stories than by rulebooks. Ideal for individual learning and reflection as well as for use with groups, Stories From My Sensei provides key insights into how and how-t-to implement TPS principles. Reflection questions accompany each story to help readers apply the lessons to their own situations-situations that will ultimately become the basis of stories handed down to the next generation.
- Author BiographySteve Hoeft, a Toyota-trained Toyota Production System Coach at Altarum Institute, has helped organizations win over a dozen Shingo prizes. He is a practitioner, teacher, change agent and thought leader in applying lean principles widely and deeply to unique, knowledge-worker processes for hundreds of clients in multiple industries and application areas, including healthcare, new product development, supply chains, defense, government, and manufacturing. While at a Big 3 automotive firm, Mr. Hoeft was trained by Eli Goldratt in the theory of constraints-based scheduling package OPT. His deep Lean experience began at Delta (Kogyo) USA under a true sensei. Mr. Hoeft then continued to learn about lean systems when he moved to Johnson Controls, Inc., and studied directly with Toyota in Georgetown, KY. At JCI, Steve coauthored the JCI Manufacturing System (an ASTD Training Package of the Year award winner) and was responsible for starting the implementation process across all JCI plants. He was also a Lean coach and consultant with Optiprise, Inc. Mr. Hoeft holds a dual bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Wayne State University and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He is a Certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and a key instructor for the University of Michigan College of Engineering's Lean Healthcare, Lean Manufacturing, and Lean Product Design Certificate programs.
- Author(s)Steve Hoeft
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc
- Date of Publication30/09/2009
- SubjectManagement Techniques: Professional
- Place of PublicationPortland
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintProductivity Press
- Content Note27 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables
- Weight385 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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